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Rachel Kushner with Michael Silverblatt, 18 April 2018 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 18, 2018.

Rachel Kushner with Michael Silverblatt

Rachel Kushner’s first novel, Telex from Cuba, is set in Oriente, Cuba, in an expat community funded by the United Fruit Company and a nickel mine, during the years leading up to Castro’s revolution. Of the book, the New York Times wrote, “Out of tropical rot, Kushner has fashioned a story that will linger like a whiff of decadent Colony perfume.”

Her second novel, The Flamethrowers, is set mostly in the mid-1970s and follows the life of Reno, so named for her place of birth, a young artist who comes to New York intent on marrying her love of motorcycles, speed, and art. The title takes its name from weapons used by the Italian Arditi, a division of elite shock troops that operated during the First World War.

Kushner has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award and is a Guggenheim Fellow. Her fiction and essays appear regularly in the New York Times, the Paris Review, The Believer, Artforum, Bookforum, Fence, Bomb, and Grand Street.

This was a Readings and Conversations event.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording / watch the videos of this event there. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Diane Ravitch with Jesse Hagopian, 11 April 2018 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 11, 2018.

Diane Ravitch with Jesse Hagopian

Diane Ravitch is the nation’s leading advocate for public education. She is a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

She is the author of numerous books on American education, including The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Her most recent book is Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools.

Ravitch is the Founder and President of the Network for Public Education (NPE), whose mission is to preserve, promote, improve and strengthen public schools for both current and future generations of students.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also watch the videos of this event there. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Roxane Gay with Tressie McMillan Cottom, 14 March 2018 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 14, 2018.

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic. Her works include the story collection Difficult Women and Ayiti, a blend of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry interwoven into a tale of the Haitian diaspora. In her essay collection Bad Feminist, she writes, “I never want to be placed on a Feminist Pedestal. People who are placed on pedestals are expected to pose, perfectly. Then they get knocked off. . . . Consider me already knocked off.”

Gay’s most recent book is Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. The New York Times writes, “At its simplest, it’s a memoir about being fat — Gay’s preferred term — in a hostile, fat-phobic world. At its most symphonic, it’s an intellectually rigorous and deeply moving exploration of the ways in which trauma, stories, desire, language and metaphor shape our experiences and construct our reality.”

Gay is the author of the comic series World of Wakanda and is the first African American woman to write for Marvel Comics. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.

This was a Readings and Conversations event.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also watch the videos of this event there. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Nancy MacLean with Greg Grandin, 7 March 2018 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 7, 2018.

Nancy MacLean with Greg Grandin

Nancy MacLean is an award-winning scholar of twentieth-century US history. She is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America (2017). It was a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction and has received a Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for An Especially Notable Book.

MacLean has written four other books, including Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace and Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan. Her articles and review essays have appeared in numerous publications, including American Quarterly, Boston Review, In These Times, International Labor and Working Class History, Journal of American History, Journal of Women’s History, Law and History Review, and The Nation.

Her scholarship has received more than a dozen prizes and awards and has been supported by fellowships from, among other organizations, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowships Foundation. In 2010 she was elected a fellow of the Society of American Historians, which recognizes literary distinction in the writing of history and biography.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also watch the videos of this event there. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Aleksandar Hemon with John Freeman, 28 February 2018 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 28, 2018.

Aleksandar Hemon, 28 Feb 2018, Conversation

Aleksandar Hemon’s books include the novels The Making of Zombie Wars and Nowhere Man, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the story collections The Question of Bruno and Love and Obstacles. Born in Sarajevo in the former Yugoslavia in 1964, Hemon was visiting Chicago as a tourist in 1992 when the Bosnian War broke out. Unable to return home, he eventually settled permanently in Chicago.

Having arrived with only a basic command of English, Hemon learned the language by reading the novels of Vladimir Nabokov; he published his first story in English in 1995. The New Yorker described him as having an “astonishing talent to notice the world with a sarcastic, wily precision that is then put in tension with his love of surreal metaphor.”

Hemon’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, and the New York Times, with more recent work addressing issues of immigration and the Trump administration. In a piece entitled “When Neighbors Turn on Each Other, It Happens Fast,” he writes, “Nevertheless, the question remains what happens to that sense of ethical stability when there is a societal rupture, when the infrastructure that allows for essentialist individualism is damaged and destroyed?” Hemon was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and received a MacArthur “genius grant” the following year. He lives in Chicago with his family.

This was a Readings and Conversations event.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also watch the videos of this event there. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Colum McCann with Gabriel Byrne, 31 January 2018 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on January 31, 2018.

Colum McCann with Gabriel Byrne

Colum McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of stories, including Let the Great World Spin, TransAtlantic, and Thirteen Ways of Looking. In a 2013 interview the author said, “I believe in the democracy of storytelling. That stories can cross all sorts of borders and boundaries. I don’t know of a greater privilege than being allowed to tell a story or to listen to a story.”

McCann’s books cover a wide range of topics, including The Troubles in Northern Ireland, the life of Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev, the first attempted nonstop flight across the Atlantic in 1919, New York of the 1970s, and the tightrope walker who crossed the gap between the Twin Towers. Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1965, McCann crossed the United States on a bicycle in the 1980s, describing the trip as being “simply to expand my lungs emotionally.”

He is the recipient of several honors, among them the National Book Award, the International DUBLIN Literary Award, and designation as a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. In 2012 McCann cofounded the nonprofit global story-exchange organization Narrative 4, whose mission is to use storytelling to inspire “fearless hope through radical empathy.” McCann lives in New York with his family and teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Hunter College.

This was a Readings and Conversations event.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also watch the videos of this event there. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Nomi Prins with Juliet Schor, 24 January 2018 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on January 24, 2018.

Nomi Prins is a writer, investigative journalist, and public speaker. The author of six books, she is well-known for the exposé It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street and All the Presidents’ Bankers, a narrative about the relationships between presidents and key bankers over the past century and their impact on domestic and foreign policy.

Prins worked on Wall Street before becoming a journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, The Guardian, The Nation, and other publications, and she is a frequent TV and radio commentator. Governments and policy institutes throughout the world seek her advice on finance and banking.

A new book, Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World, which explores the rise of central bank power and influence in the global financial, economic, and geopolitical hierarchy, is forthcoming in 2018.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also watch the video recordings of this event there. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Valeria Luiselli with Sonia Nazario, 29 November 2017 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 29, 2017.

Valeria Luiselli with Sonia Nazario, Conversation, 29 November 2017

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and has lived in Africa, Asia, Central America, and Europe. She now lives in New York City. Her works have been widely translated and include the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth, as well as the essay collection Sidewalks, which begins and ends in a cemetery in Venice.

She wrote Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions after working as a volunteer interpreter for Central American immigrant children detained in the United States. In the book she writes, “Children leave their homes with a coyote. They cross Mexico in the hands of this coyote, riding La Bestia. They try not to fall into the hands of rapists, corrupt policemen, murderous soldiers, and drug gangs who might enslave them in poppy or marijuana fields, if they don’t shoot them in the head and mass-bury them.” Luiselli was named one of the 20 best Mexican writers under age 40 by Mexico’s Arts and Culture Council and is completing a PhD in comparative literature at Columbia University.

This was a Readings and Conversations event.

In this episode, Valeria Luiselli read from her work, then joined Sonia Nazario in conversation.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also watch the video recordings of this event there. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Óscar Martínez with Alfredo Corchado, 1 November 2017 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 1, 2017.

Óscar Martínez with Alfredo Corchado, 1 November 2017

Óscar Martínez is an award-winning Salvadoran investigative journalist and co-founder of elfaro.net, the first online newspaper in Latin America providing in-depth coverage of migration, violence and organized crime in Central America. Martínez has received numerous awards for his journalism. In 2008, he won Mexico’s Fernando Benítez National Journalism Award; in 2009, he was awarded the Human Rights Prize at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University in El Salvador; in 2016 The Committee to Protect Journalists awarded him an International Press Freedom Award. In 2016 he was also awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, which honors journalists for their outstanding coverage of the Americas.

He is the author of The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail (for which he was awarded the WOLA-Duke Book Award in 2014) and the recent A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America. A new book, El Niño de Hollywood (forthcoming in 2018), is about a member of the international criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha (also known as MS-13) who was assassinated in El Salvador for cooperating with law enforcement.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

In this episode, Óscar Martínez talked about his work, then joined Alfredo Corchado in conversation.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also watch to the video recordings of this event there. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz with Nick Estes, 11 October 2017 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 11, 2017.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz with Nick Estes, 11 October 2017

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades, working with Indigenous communities on sovereignty and land rights and helping to build the international Indigenous movement. She is Professor Emerita of Ethnic Studies at California State University, East Bay.

She is the author of numerous books and articles on indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico, The Great Sioux Nation, and An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, which received the 2015 American Book Award. A new book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment is forthcoming in January.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

In this episode, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz talked about her work, then joined Nick Estes in conversation. You can also find the videos of the talk and conversation here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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